Nov 27 2005

We’re back from our thanksgiving trip to California and not completely happy about it. My Mom was here with us from 4 days after Cole’s birth until we all went to CA and I got so used to having her around. It was great- not only was she an extra set of hands to help me with Cole, but she also was a shoulder to cry on when I was frustrated, a shopping partner, an adult to talk to and a reference for my baby questions. In short, my friend is gone.

We were also very sad to leave CA because we have come to realize how much we love it and being in our hometown. It’s great to be able to feel safe in a town after dark, to always know your way around, to be able to visit both sides of the family in the same day and to actually have friends around.

Things are still up in the air, but we may end up back there and sooner than we ever thought.

Cole is now almost 5 weeks old. I still can’t believe that he’s been here over a month (or that I’m STILL not fully healed!). The boy is a boobie hound! He can’t get enough. He wants to eat every hour when he’s awake. He seems to gain weight every day. His head seems especially heavy and, with how pudgy his cheeks are getting, I have started to accuse him of storing milk away in his cheeks for the winter. My little squirrel.

He’s still not so sure about his daddy, but his daddy’s getting more comfortable with him and doesn’t look panicked and shove him back into my arms as soon as he starts crying anymore.

Cole started smiling a LOT while we were in CA. He smiles the most at me, but he also smiled at his Titi (grandma) and his Auntie Em. His cousin Spencer nearly got a laugh out of him. He laughs in his sleep and it’s the cutest thing I’ve ever heard. He’s really interested in hair and will smile at funny hairdos. At the bank the other day, he stared at a woman with bright copper dyed hair for longer than I’ve ever seen him stare at a stranger.

I’m sorry that we didn’t get the chance to see more of our friends while we were back. The time went way too fast. I’ll be posting more regularly now (I hope) since I will be home for a while with just Cole. Please, everyone, keep in touch.